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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Patrick Kluivert claims Louis van Gaal will only quit if he 'loses the players'

Published 29/02/2016 | 17:36

Patrick Kluivert
Patrick Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert believes his old boss Louis van Gaal will be desperate to silence his critics and finish this season as a winner.

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Van Gaal has been under pressure all season and was widely expected to be replaced as United boss at the end of this season.

Yet progress to the last-16 of the Europa League and a thrilling 3-2 win against Premier League title contenders Arsenal on Sunday has turned the season has fuelled Van Gaal's hopes of a thrilling finish to this campaign.

Now the protégé who was given his break in the game by Van Gaal as a player and a coach is hoping the veteran Dutchman silences his doubters in the grand manner.

“Van Gaal is no quitter and this is why we still see him at Manchester United despite all the criticism over the last few months,” Kluivert said, as he spoke at a Champions League legends event sponsored by Doritos and Pepsi.

“He only quits when he feels as if he has lost the players.

“He can take criticism from fans, he has had this many times, but when he feels as if the players are not responding to him any more, then he might be tempted to say; ‘Okay, this doesn’t work here’.

“Maybe it will not be his decision in the end because United can sack him, but I also feel as if Louis will know when he needs to go.

“Van Gaal has built up a really, really strong name and reputation. That has helped him to stay at United so far.

“You look at what happened to the previous coach at United (David Moyes) and he did not get the time. Maybe this was because he did not have the same kind of reputation or status in the game.

“I hope Van Gaal gets a chance to go to the end of the season and maybe see some success because I still believe he is one of the great managers in the world."

Kluivert went on to suggest that the scalding criticism directed at Van Gaal from the media and United fans is misplaced, as he claimed his old boss knew the perils of the task he was taking on.

“When you are the coach of Manchester United, the fans demand success, are under big pressure,” he continues.

“Louis knew this from the start. He has experience at big clubs before and experience of it going wrong, like with Bayern Munich.

“Is it just the manager when a team fails? Of course not, but it is always a combination of factors, but they don’t always come under consideration.

“Van Gaal has had a lot of money at Man Utd to buy new players and in that environment, you have to perform.

“If the team plays not so well, then the coach will be looked at. This is normal.

“However, things can turn around very quickly in this game and United still have chances to win trophies."

“Don’t be surprised if Van Gaal proves everyone wrong this season. He has done this before.”

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